Technical Difficulties

I'm experiencing technical difficulties at the moment; which is to say that my computer appears to have a failing hard drive. As a result I lost my blogging time yesterday evening, and I'm going to lose much of it this evening taking the beast down to the repair shop. With luck, things will return to normal tomorrow. … [Read more...]

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Dominicans Everywhere! Or, Is It Time for a New Level to the Hierarchy?

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Looking at today’s Church I notice three things: in many parts of the world, the Church is growing faster than priests can be trained; in places like the United States the faithful population is growing faster than vocations to the priesthood; and we’re expecting all priests to study like Dominicans, at least during their seminary formation.St. Dominic’s notions were shocking to the bishops of the time.  He wanted to found an order of preaching brothers, but at that time, 800 years ago, pries … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: What is the Word of God?

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We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.In the last chapter, Thomas concluded the purely philosophical part of his discussion of God; now we move on to the Trinity, and specifically to the Second Person of the Trinity, the Word of God.  As we’ll find, Thomas doesn’t regard that title, “Word”, as purely symbolic, but as reflecting a deep truth about the nature of the Trinity.The Trinity is a murky su … [Read more...]

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Topics of Interest

I've been in comment conversations with so many different people over the last few weeks that I've forgotten where I'm at. Anybody have any questions they wanted me to address that I haven't gotten to you? Post a comment, and I'll see what I can do. … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat Saw Pakistani Jazz, Gnostics and Small, Petty Men

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This week the Dogmat saw a string orchestra from Pakistan, Robert Barron on modern variants of gnosticism, Julie Davis on being petty, and a host of other things.Pakistani Musicians Play Amazing Version of 'Take Five': And so they do, although the Dogmat isn't sure the sitar (the Dogmat thinks it's a sitar) is really a jazz instrument. Two wags and a shrill yip.On Small, Petty Men and Loving One Another: Julie Davis on how she manages to defuse her worser self, with bonus C.S. Lewis and … [Read more...]

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Proving God Experimentally

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Aristotle managed to prove the existence of the First Cause from first principles and reflections on world around him.  Thomas Aquinas went further and showed that the First Cause must have Intellect and Will in a manner analogous to human intellect and will (or, rather, vice versa, for the causality runs the other way).  But I know of only one way to prove God “with all the trimmings”: that is, to become convinced that God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that God is Father, Son, and Hol … [Read more...]

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The Evil Catholic Hierarchy?

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A commenter on my post about why I remain Catholic asked, Have you considered the possibility that you can still believe what the Catholic Church teaches but leave the organization itself in protest against its history of protecting abusers? I responded: The Church is the Body of Christ. Its members are all sinners, and sometimes they do horrible things. But I will not willingly cut myself off from it.To amplify: I believe what the Church teaches about itself.  It is not simply a human … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: How Far Toward God Can We Reason?

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We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.In the preceding  thirty-five chapters, Thomas has been addressing natural theology, reasoning about God in the Aristotelian manner from first principles and what we can observe about the world around us: The truths about God thus far proposed have been subtly discussed by a number of pagan philosophers, although some of them erred concerning these matters. And t … [Read more...]

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Why Remain Catholic?

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Normally I post music on Fridays, but Tod Worner started something earlier this week with a post entitled "Why I Am NOT Leaving the Catholic Church", and I thought I'd get in on the fun. (You can find links to a bunch of other bloggers' answers to the question at the bottom of Tod's post.)I've written about my path to the Catholic faith a number of times, in a number of places, most recently just a week or so ago. And for what it's worth, my answer is pretty similar to Tod's: I think … [Read more...]

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